We already know not to cross Robin Wright’s character Claire Underwood in the Netflix series “House of Cards,” but it looks like you shouldn’t do it to her in real life, either.
Wright made headlines last year when she made the comment that she demanded to be paid the same as her costar on the show (which is back for a fifth season), Kevin Spacey.
“I was looking at the statistics and Claire Underwood’s character was more popular than [Frank’s] for a period of time, so I capitalised on it. I was like, ‘You better pay me or I’m going to go public,'” Wright said. “And they did.”
But did they?
In a profile for the United Airlines in-flight magazine Rhapsody, Wright revealed that the pay equity never happened.
“I don’t think I’m getting paid the same amount. They told me I was getting a raise. But… I don’t think so,” Wright said.
According to the production company behind “House of Cards,” Media Rights Capital, it’s not possible for Wright and Spacey to earn the same pay because Spacey is one of the founding producers of the show. Instead, Wright has been given an executive producer credit and opportunities to direct episodes.
“I really don’t like being duped,” Wright told Rhapsody. “It’s such a male-dominant workforce still. There’s a conditioning. And changing the condition of men is what needs to happen.”
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